FMCA’s 68th Premier International Motorhome Extravaganza in Hutchinson, Kansas, will offer FMCA members a wide choice of motorhomes and RV-related merchandise.
By Robbin Gould and Peggy Jordan
Have you ever tried to describe an FMCA international motorhome extravaganza to someone who has never been to one? Perhaps you said that it’s a big family gathering, an opportunity to attend seminars and entertainment, and an RV show, all rolled into one. But even as your friend nodded, you still wondered if he or she really comprehended the scope of the RV exhibits. “Imagine what seems like miles of new motorhomes,” you added, “and aisles upon aisles of booths filled with merchandise.”
The following list of exhibitors that plan to be at the association’s Motor “Home On The Range” extravanza October 1, 2, and 3 in Hutchinson, Kansas, also helps to describe the shopping experiences that will be available. As of this writing, nearly 300 companies — including motorhome manufacturers and purveyors of RV-related merchandise — were planning to convene in Hutchinson. They’ll be found in indoor and outdoor exhibits from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1; Wednesday, October 2; and Thursday, October 3. As an added bonus, a special motorhome preview will take place on Monday, September 30, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During those hours, coaches in the outdoor exhibit area will be open for touring, enabling everyone to begin their extravaganza fun a bit early.
The following exhibit information is up-to-date as of press time; of course, subsequent additions and deletions will alter the list.
Lovely 14-karat gold jewelry will catch your eye at the A&B Products (772-460-0104, FL) booth.
Insurance protection for your motorhome is the specialty of A Twin Peaks RV Insurance (800-507-8467, FL).
An assemblage of items built specifically to help those who need mobility assistance will be set forth by Active Mobility Inc. (956-453-6270, TX). The products will include Sport Seat car seats, Nova walkers, Ortho-Kinetics mobility carts, and Leisure Lifts.
Looking for adventure? The folks from Adventure Caravans (800-872-7897, TX) would love to tell you more about the guided, full-service RV tours and rallies the company offers.
The Defender recirculating air cleaner, a Class II medical device, filters 99.99 percent of air within 0.1 micron, and removes 300 types of toxic gases and odors. It is lightweight, portable, quiet, and features a lifetime warranty. This device will be brought to the FMCA conclave by AirPro Purification & Cleaning Systems Inc. (800-470-1780, KS). The company will also proffer the Majestic surface cleaner, which cleans all interior surfaces with dustless extraction, filters 300 types of toxic gases and odors, and functions as a dry-air medicator.
The welcome mat will be out at the Airstream Inc. (937-596-6111, OH) display, where a variety of motorhomes will prove inviting. Motorhome extravaganza-goers will have the opportunity to tour the company’s new models: a 28-foot type C, and the Skydeck by Airstream. The 26-foot and 30-foot gas-powered Land Yachts, and the 365 XC and 390 XL Land Yacht diesel motorhomes also will be ready for inspection.
Glide across the waters of an Alaskan bay on your way to exciting locales made accessible by the Alaska Marine Highway (904-526-6731, AK). This company is part of the state-operated Alaska ferry lines, and will be in Hutchinson to provide you with information you may need on your journey north.
Popular Alcoa Wheel Products (517-622-3886, MI) will be arrayed; consider using these forged aluminum wheels and accessories to add value to your home on wheels.
Get an insider’s view of how an Allison Transmission (317-242-0225, IN) operates by heading toward this company’s display. There, you’ll find a cutaway version of an automatic transmission that reveals its inner workings. The Allison brand 1000MH, 2000MH, 3000MH, and 4000MH transmissions will be shown.
Spiff up your motorhome with the assistance of Miracle towels, mops, and squeegees from Almost Heaven (800-693-7468, AZ). The company will also feature the Hair Turban and the Flat Hose, as well as hampers.
Luxury living is found in the Alpine Coach (800-777-4133, WA) lineup of motorhomes, which are built on the company’s own Peak chassis. The new 38FDTS triple-slideout model features front-door entry, two 27-inch living area televisions, and one 20-inch bedroom television. Popular options include a 400-horsepower Cummins engine with a Jacobs compression brake, solid cherry cabinetry, a 21.5-cubic-foot Amana residential refrigerator, and a 37-inch plasma TV.
American Carriage Inc. (661-822-1767, CA) will showcase its custom bus conversions in the Prevost area.
Your dream on wheels could be a Prevost coach conversion crafted by American Coach Inc. (517-869-2253, MI) of Allen, Michigan.
Cleaning and sanitizing equipment is the specialty of AmeriVap Systems (800-763-7687, GA). The AmeriVap Vapor Blitz II and Steamax units use low-pressure, high-temperature dry-steam vapor to clean floors, walls, furniture, and more. They are said to remove mold and mildew, grease, stains, and odors, and to kill dust mites and bacteria.
Amsoil synthetic lubricants and Bosch and Hastings products will be offered by Amsoil-DFW Dealers (800-687-1657, TX).
Bright, new Damon motorhomes will be brought to Hutchinson by Ancira Travel Villa Inc. (817-790-2902, TX).
The lineup of motorhomes from Angola Coach Inc. (219-665-6361, IN) will include Prevost bus conversions and Blue Bird Wanderlodges.
Feast your eyes on the products that will be served up by The Applique Buffet (219-670-2729, TX). These will include iron-on appliqués and assorted crystals and studs, along with ladies’ blank T-shirts on which to decorate. Patriotic T-shirts, ladies’ hats, and pop-open hampers will be featured also.
Are your feet overdue for some pampering? Argyle Orthotics (661-816-8155, CA) will be offering some relief in the form of Hants White’s Perfect Foot Correctors.
Solar panel equipment will be available from Atlantic Solar Products (410-686-2500, MD).
Information about the Austin Lone Star RV Resort (800-284-0206, TX), a national award-winning facility, will be available to FMCA members in Hutchinson. Campground representatives will provide discount coupons as well as information about attractions in Austin.
The LifePak 500, an automated electronic defibrillator designed to bring victims out of sudden cardiac arrest, will be featured by Avantech Inc. (888-673-5395, NC).
The B&B Enterprises (727-808-7883, FL) booth will contain yummy treats that you can share with fellow RVers at your next “awning party” — or enjoy anytime. Jammer & Spice dips, Otis & Betty snack mix, Sweet Sensations candy, and J&M Foods cheese straws and wine biscuits will have you munching happily.
Computer-engraved name badges will fill the Badges “R” Us (760-212-0682, CA) display. The company also will offer signs for coaches and towed cars, bolo ties, and related accessories.
Four models of electric scooters — the Hybrid, Racer, Cruiser, and Hot Scoot — are offered by Badsey.com Inc. (714-895-9002, CA). These scooters, which feature fiberglass body construction, can climb hills and support loads of 350 to 600 pounds, with a range per charge from 8 miles to 25 miles. Their top speeds vary from 18 to 35 miles per hour, and all models fold down for easy motorhome storage. A variety of color combinations for the seat and basket are available.
Representatives of Bank Of The West (800-843-2327, CA) will be on hand to discuss RV financing.
Check out the Amigo Travel-Mate personal scooter offered by Barker Mfg. Co. (616-965-2371, MI). Other items available will include electric antennas and Auto Drain electric dump valves.
Officials from Basswood Country Inn & RV Resort (816-858-5556, MO) will provide information to FMCA members about this fine facility in Platte City, Missouri.
A new ladder from the Beanstalk Ladder Co. Inc. (866-342-0411, AZ) can be configured to serve a variety of applications. The company’s RV ladders are lightweight, easy to use, and can be stored easily. Get a hands-on look at this new product in the company’s booth.
Country Coach motorhomes will be brought to Hutchinson by Beaudry RV Resort Inc. (520-889-6000, AZ).
Beaver brand motorhomes will be rustled over to Kansas by Beaver Coach Sales of Oregon (800-382-2597, OR).
If you own a 40-foot or longer motor coach, you’ll want to investigate the Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory (830-792-9170, TX). This 240-page, spiral-bound guide provides information about camping accommodations in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, and includes information about California. Special chapters focus on camping locations near major interstates and area restaurants.
Bilstein (858-386-5900, CA), a well-known manufacturer of shock absorbers, will be on hand in Hutchinson to display its equipment.
Spare your legs and feet, and try using an electric scooter or electric bicycle to carry you around the fairgrounds or the campground. The Blackman Group (702-592-2908, TX) will offer these vehicles, as well as Dri Wash ‘n Guard products.
Blue Bird Wanderlodge (478-822-2400, GA) motorhomes will welcome you inside with their luxurious appointments. In addition to extending their Southern charm, Blue Bird representatives will be happy to show you through the Blue Bird LX and LXi models, as well as Blue Bird’s M380, which made its debut earlier this year at FMCA’s Perry, Georgia, convention.
Many RVers trust towing equipment from Blue Ox/Automatic Equipment Mfg. Co. (402-385-3051, NE). Products include the Aventa II steel tow bar, with a self-aligning pivot design; the RV Underskirt, which provides protection for towed vehicles, towing equipment, and motorhome cameras; an aluminum motorcycle rack; and the Toad Stop and Toad Stop II braking devices for towed vehicles.
A dealer of Damon motorhomes, Boat ‘n RV Warehouse, (518-731-9900, NY), will set up shop in Hutchinson.
Useful items from Bolton Enterprises (877-685-8763, CA) will include OdorCon, for odor-free holding tanks; Purogene, for safer, better-tasting drinking water; and Odorid, which eliminates offensive odors from a variety of sources. Also available will be hot-water tank cleaners, which can help to flush out the sediment in water heaters, and Spec pins, useful pieces of jewelry that can be used to carry eyeglasses, name badges, or pens.
A complete line of type C motorhomes in lengths ranging from 21 to 26 feet will be presented by Born Free Motor Coach Inc. (515-332-3755, IA). Look for the Bed and Breakfast model, which is featured in this issue.
Towed car braking systems from Brake Buddy (704-904-2869, OH) will be available for inspection.
Brown’s RV Sales & Service (504-756-9959, AR), a dealer of Home & Park motorhomes, will be displaying the manufacturer’s Roadtrek type Bs.
Representatives from two locations of Buddy Gregg Motorhomes Inc. (865-675-1986, TN; 972-420-8586, TX) will be glad to show you an array of Prevost coach conversions, as well as motorhomes made by Monaco and Country Coach.
Your motorhome will be sparkling in no time with all the cleaners, polishes, waxes, and buffing supplies you’ll find at the Busch Enterprises (704-878-2067, NC) booth.
Comfy clothing and jewelry will be set forth by C&N Enterprises (407-896-7043, FL).
Your next rally location could be in Gillette, Wyoming, at Cam-Plex Multi-Event Facilities (307-682-0552, WY). Stop by the booth to learn more about upcoming events.
Camco Manufacturing Inc. (336-668-7661, NC) will set forth sewer hoses, water hoses, Gen-turi generator exhaust products, wheel chocks, and various cleaners.
Choose from among a variety of RV accessories that will be exhibited by Camper’s Choice (800-833-6713, AL).
Look for a Campfire In A Can (250-979-8048, BC, Canada) as you stroll through the indoor exhibit area. This new compact, portable campfire can be used to burn charcoal or manufactured fire logs. The fire is contained in an airtight canister that doubles as a means to extinguish it, as well as a way to carry and store the fire burner unit. The product can easily be stored in an RV, and the fuel is readily available.
Learn how to save money on overnight rates with a campground membership from Campground Membership Outlet (352-242-0401, FL).
It’s easy to find the Camping World (270-781-2718, KY) display — just look for the biggest enclave in the indoor exhibit arena. Camping World will be offering an assortment of RV-related parts, accessories, and items that make the RVing experience more enjoyable.
A motorhome dealer from Bismarck, North Dakota, called Capital RV Center (800-930-2267, ND) will bring shiny new coaches to Hutchinson. Check out the Dutch Star diesel pusher and the Mountain Aire diesel and gas models from Newmar, as well as the Travel Supreme Select.
You’ll have it made in the shade with an awning or two from Carefree Of Colorado (800-621-2617, CO). Awning accessories will be offered as well.
Platinum type C motorhomes made by Coach House will be featured in Hutchinson by Casey’s Recreational Sales (303-422-2001, CO).
Cottonseed brand travel clothing will be offered by Casual Cottons (570-437-3333, PA). These clothes are designed for travel and easy care. While you’re at the booth, inspect the jewelry designed by Jacqueline Taylor especially for Casual Cottons.
Get an insider’s view of Caterpillar engines courtesy of Caterpillar Inc. (309-578-3116, IL). The company’s outdoor display will showcase the heavy-duty engine lineup, along with Ward Burton’s Cat stock car. The indoor display will reveal the new C-9 RV and 3126E RV engines.
Centramatic (817-332-3636, TX) will proffer patented on-board balancing systems for tires and wheels. These balancers automatically redistribute weight where it’s needed (down to 1/10-ounce increments) each time the coach is driven. Centramatic balancers are said to increase tire life up to 50 percent.
It’s a fun time to shop, ladies, when you arrive at the C.L. Enterprise/Classy Lady Boutique (321-427-9866, FL) booth. You’ll enjoy choosing from a large selection of clothing, handbags, jewelry, hats, and hair accessories.
Commercial therapeutic, massage, and exercise equipment from Clark Enterprises (785-825-7172, KS) will occupy an indoor exhibit booth.
Make your motorhome fresh and shiny by visiting The Cleaning Product Co. (253-691-4027, SD). First, let Piranha, said to be the most powerful bacterial waste digester, go to work on holding tank odor. Next, try The Solution, a waterless wash for the inside and outside of your coach, which cleans and polishes at the same time. Finally, you might wish to use White Diamond, a concentrated polish for metal surfaces, including aluminum and chrome wheels.
A roundup of RV-related items from Coach Corral Industries Inc. (574-262-1848, IN) will appear in Hutchinson. Among them will be “private coach” plaques in polished bronze; Microphor full-size china toilets; Reelcraft retractable shoreline cord reels; Odyssey SLI dry-cell batteries from Hawker Energy; Rosen Protector sun visor systems; Littlite 12-volt halogen gooseneck lamps with dimmers; Kool-O-Matic 12-volt ventilation systems; Dupree air-operated waste valves; Buoy portable satellite dish mounts; and Crestview Electric 50-amp adapters. And this is only a partial list!
Coach Guard Inc. (877-262-4100, IN) paint protection film kits will be offered in Hutchinson. The company designs and computer-cuts film for each model of motorhome. Installation will be available during the motorhome extravaganza.
Coach House Inc. (800-235-0984, FL), an RV manufacturer from Nokomis, Florida, will showcase its Platinum type C motorhomes, which are available in 23- and 27-foot lengths and feature a seamless fiberglass shell.
The FMCA Emergency Road Service And Technical Referral Plan is touted as the most comprehensive RV roadside assistance plan in North America. Coach-Net (800-863-6740, AZ) service staff will be on hand to answer questions about the program’s many benefits.
Tired of tangled hoses and cables in your coach? A solution from Coil n’ Wrap (403-341-9946, AZ) may be in the offing. Coil n’ Wrap’s products make it easy to rewind water hoses, TV cables, extension cords, and other electrical cables, providing compact, tidy storage. The company’s retractable TV cable is designed to be mounted in the coach’s electrical compartment, and the retractable phone-modem cord is a compact, handy device for computer users.
The Magic Quilt picture kit, Chi Machine, and Hurricane diesel heating and hot water system will be marketed in Hutchinson by Comfort RV Specialty (909-350-3560, CA).
The Alpine Coach manufactured by Western Recreational Vehicles will be showcased by Conley RV (800-477-9644, FL).
Country Coach Inc. (800-654-0223, OR) will display its new Lexa motorhome, which graces this month’s cover of FMC. Featured floor plans include the 45-foot “Athens” and “Odyssey,” available with two or three slideouts. The Lexa features a galley library center, architectural lighting, and exterior side cameras, plus integrated stereo/CD/DVD and GPS systems, including satellite radio and voice-recognition activation. In addition, a full array of 2003 interior packages available in the Allure, Intrigue, Magna, and Affinity will be featured. Custom selections for the Lexa and Country Coach Prevost Conversion will be on display also, as will the DynoMax chassis, with its independent front suspension.
For a basic fee, you can sign up for an online tax and consulting service called CPAs-Online (800-482-8659, OH). This company is run by two certified public accountants who offer full tax service handled entirely through the Internet. No matter where you travel, they can assist you. The company also provides an asset review model with various calculators that can help you manage all of your assets, not just your portfolio. Talk with Hank Nienaber and Jim Volz at their booth in Hutchinson to learn more.
Creations of Gold (303-809-6178, CO) will offer motorhome-shaped charms, sterling silver jewelry, and pieces made with Austrian crystals and cubic zirconia.
Creative World Travel (800-732-8337, LA) conducts RV rallies and leads caravans to locations around the world. Stop by the company’s booth to learn more about where you and your motorhome can go.
A variety of new motorhomes from Damon Corporation (574-262-2624, IN) will be sure to attract a crowd in Hutchinson.
Dana Spicer drive and steer axles, suspensions, brakes, air disc brakes, and tire management systems will be exhibited by Dana Corporation, Commercial Vehicle Systems (616-567-1000, MI).
Redo your motorhome’s living space by adding custom cabinets with the help of Davis Cabinets Inc. (541-998-8778, OR). This company also can supply you with RV accessories such as folding coffee tables, magazine racks, and remote-control holders.
Put on the brakes at the Demco-Dethmers Mfg. Co. (800-543-3626, IA) display, where you’ll find myriad solutions to your towing needs. The Senturian is a two-stage tow bar braking system — one stage adjusts proportionally for normal stops; the other applies maximum brakes for panic stops. To install this system, simply plug in the vacuum line and electrical cable, flip the switch, and the system is active. Other products will include the Kwik Tow tow bars, the Aluminator aluminum tow bar, the Excalibar steel tow bar, and the Sentry tow bar deflector for towed vehicles.
The financing you need for that new or preowned motorhome — or refinancing — can be as easy as having a talk with Destination Financial Services (877-553-3400, MT). The company offers fixed rates and loans with low fees or no fees.
Detroit Diesel and Mercedes diesel engines, parts, and maintenance products will be featured by Detroit Diesel Corporation (313-592-5000, MI).
Representatives from Deutsche Financial Services (714-481-8668, CA) will be discussing RV financing with attendees.
Called the “invisible bra,” the paint protection film from Diamond Shield (888-860-5862, NY) will be sold and installed at the Hutchinson motorhome extravaganza. This product is guaranteed to protect against stone chips and comes with a five-year warranty. In addition to front cap coverage, the company now offers protection film that covers the storage areas approximately 30 inches from the bottom of the coach, from front to rear. Diamond Shield film is a factory option on 2003 Newmar motorhomes.
Dicor Corporation (574-264-2699, IN) will proffer Air-Gard inflation systems, Dicor roof cleaner, roof protectant, Dicor rubber roof coat and various accessories.
Airstream motorhomes from DJ RV Center (570-275-9620, PA) will be found in the coach display area.
The Dometic Corporation (574-294-2511, IN) makes a variety of RV equipment, such as the new A&E Systems WeatherPro power awning. This awning includes a remote control, a wind sensor, and other features. The new S-series stainless-steel refrigerator includes a smudge-proof finish and full-wrap stainless-steel doors. Duo-Therm Penguin 15,000-Btu heat pumps boast new styling for 2003, and the SeaLand vacu-flush toilets feature vitreous china bowls in a variety of colors. Also on display will be Dometic microwave ovens, in convection and stainless-steel models, as well as A&E Systems window awnings (including slide topper models), and various other Dometic refrigerators.
Have a fine Alaskan time in Valdez at the Eagles Rest RV Park & Cabins (800-553-7275, AK). Representatives from this RV park will provide you with information about the facility and its new cabins, as well as brochures pertaining to area attractions.
Bilstein shocks, the Ready Brake towed vehicle braking device, Safe-T-Plus steering devices, track bars, surge protectors, and Roadmaster towing products will be available for inspection at the Eagle’s RV Supply (321-431-4350, FL) booth. Installation also will be available.
Alpine Industries electronic air and water purification systems are the featured products from Ecoquest International (218-879-7810, MN).
The warm sand and ocean breezes of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, are some of the main attractions at El Dorado Ranch (303-790-1749, CO). This tract of land encompasses more than 300 square miles and includes a variety of developed accommodations, including an RV park with full hookups and 60-foot pull-through sites. A beach and tennis club, a swimming pool, restaurants, and a spa are among the amenities. Representatives will provide information about guided caravans that regularly depart from El Centro, California, to this sunny location.
EZE-Tyme (570-594-5689, PA) will set forth squeegees at the Hutchinson extravaganza.
All extravaganza-goers should be sure to take a few minutes to stop at the booth occupied by staff of the Family Motor Coach Association (800-543-3622, OH). While there, you can receive information about upcoming area rallies and learn more about your membership benefits. Free Internet access will be available at the booth, too. And be sure to inspect all of the new FMCA logo merchandise that is now available — shirts, jackets, hats, and accessories.
Fan-Tastic Vent Corp. (800-521-0298, MI) will display its complete line of 12-volt air exchange systems that are permanently installed in RV ceilings. Company reps invite FMCA members who already own these devices to visit them in the service area, too, if they require parts or service. The spotlight in the company’s booth, however, will be on the Endless Breeze, which runs on 12 volts and can be used anywhere 12-volt power is available. It is lightweight, has a low amp draw, and is only 14 inches high and 3-1/2 inches deep.
The Endless Breeze by Fan-Tastic Vent is a new 12-volt portable fan that has a variety of uses in the motorhome. Representatives from Fan-Tastic Vent Florida Dist. (800-655-2644, FL) will proudly display this brand-new product along with other exhaust fans in the Fan-Tastic Vent line.
Discover the adventure and joy of caravan travel with Fantasy RV Tours (970-642-4568, CO). Representatives will be on hand to describe itineraries for the company’s upcoming tours and rallies in locations around the world.
Representatives will be available to talk with you about insuring your precious home on wheels at the Farm & City Insurance (800-331-1520, IA) booth.
Luxurious bus conversions based on premium Prevost shells are the specialty of Featherlite Luxury Coaches (407-323-1120, FL).
Finance your new motorhome purchase quickly and simply with the friendly folks from Financial Underwriters Network (800-231-4003, CT).
Fire & Life Safety (503-559-7623, OR) will offer a variety of safety products for your motorhome. They will include Atwood carbon monoxide detectors with digital displays; Costar carbon monoxide detectors; Cold Fire flame retardant, for fabrics inside the RV; and Cold Fire automatic engine compartment fire extinguishers. Firex smoke alarms with a 15-minute “hush” button and a 10-year lithium battery, and Hawk and Kidde foam fire extinguishers also will be on display.
Flags, flagpoles, flag brackets, wind socks, fanny packs, briefcases, and computer cases will be among the offerings of Flags On The Go (928-927-6857, AZ).
Leading you through new motorhomes in the Damon display will be representatives from Flagship RVs (352-242-3900, FL).
The new kids on the Fleetwood Enterprises (909-351-3500, CA) block will include the Terra and Fiesta motorhomes. These entry-level type As are said to offer a slightly smaller, more value-packed motorhome for about the same price as a luxury sport utility vehicle. They’ll be joined by their already popular siblings — American Eagle, American Dream, American Tradition, Bounder, Bounder Diesel, Discovery, Southwind, Storm, Pace Arrow, Pace Arrow Vision, Flair, Tioga, and Jamboree — which feature a variety of upgrades for the new model year. While you’re visiting the company’s display, look for other new product offerings that will be on hand, including the Excursion, the Providence, and the Revolution.
You may find it hard to believe that Granite Lite is truly made from granite — but it is. This material from Flexstone (800-656-6680, WA) is said to be ideal for RV use, as it is 5 times stronger than stone and 70 percent lighter. It’s made in a patented process that adds silicates and fiberglass to thin slices of granite rock to form stone panels. Tiles made from this material can help beautify your home on wheels.
Chassis for motorhomes built by Ford Motor Company (313-390-2046, MI) will be displayed for your inspection.
Motorhome manufacturer Forest River Inc. (574-533-5934, IN) of Goshen, Indiana, will bring its new Tsunami motorhomes to Hutchinson.
Sales representatives from Foretravel’s company dealerships will be on hand in Hutchinson to provide you with all the answers you need about the Foretravel Inc. (936-564-8367, TX) motorhome line: Foretravel Northwest (509-325-1911, Liberty Lake, Washington); Foretravel of California (760-747-4800, Escondido); Foretravel of Florida (352-588-0120, San Antonio); Foretravel of Tennessee (865-933-7213, Kodak); and Foretravel of Texas (972-276-3673, Garland; and 936-564-8367, Nacogdoches).
With the help of Ganis Credit Corporation (714-481-8668, CA), you can arrange for a loan and drive away from the Hutchinson extravaganza in a new coach. Friendly, knowledgeable representatives will be on hand to explain the benefits of the company’s RV financing program.
Garnet Technologies Inc. (817-578-8601, TX) makes the Seelevel tank monitoring system, a digital monitoring system available for RVs. The company’s new Seelevel III e-vac system is said to be the first to offer automated management of dumping and flushing the holding tanks, adding odor control and stopping internal flooding.
Algae-X brand fuel conditioner, fuel catalyst, and water eliminator products will be available from Gateway Solutions (636-978-1504, MO). Liqui-Cult, a fuel test kit that checks for bacteria and fungus, also will be exhibited.
Power your motorhome or dwelling during an emergency by using your RV generator. Gen-Tran Corporation (888-436-8726, GA) will set forth a variety of standby power solutions, such as manual and automatic transfer switches, cords, and accessories. Gen-Tran is an authorized Honda generator dealer.
Come to Generac Power Systems Inc. (262-473-5514, WI) for your generator needs. The company will feature its own Impact, Primepact, and Quietpact RV generators.
Ready to redo your motorhome’s sleeping quarters? Examine the sheet sets, sleep sacks, pillows, and mattress pads that Genie B’s Specialties (402-773-4601, NE) will offer.
Motorized awnings will be available for examination from Girard Systems (800-382-8442, CA). Models will include the Girard G-2000 automatic lateral arm awning system and the Girard G-2085 automatic window awning.
Has your motorhome’s windshield recently become damaged? Stop by the Glas Weld (800-321-2597, OR) booth to ask about the company’s repair services.
You can store and retrieve your motorhome’s water hose with the Hosemaster, and easily handle electrical cords with the Cablemaster. Both of these items will be available from Glendinning Marine Products (843-399-6146, SC).
Move along with the help of S/S electric scooters from GMC Imports d.b.a. S/S Scooters (623-934-3766, AZ).
Healthful flaxseed is tasty, too, and can be used in a variety of foods. Sample it for yourself and check out Golden Flaxseed and flax grinders from Golden Flax 4U Inc. (877-596-2855, ND).
Representatives offering membership in the Good Sam Club (805-667-4455, CA) will be on hand at the extravaganza.
Junction City, Oregon, is the headquarters for Guaranty RV Center (800-825-2333, OR). This dealer handles motorhomes with brand names such as Country Coach, Holiday Rambler, Monaco, Rexhall, Safari, and Alpine.
Proceed to Gulf Stream Coach Inc. (219-773-7761, IN) and inspect the motorhomes produced by this manufacturer, such as the Tour Master, Friendship, Scenic Cruiser, Independence, Ultra, Yellowstone, Sun Voyager, Conquest, and B Touring Cruiser.
Obtain information about Hacienda RV Resort (505-528-5800, NM), located in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Picture yourself enjoying the epitome of relaxation in a one-point hammock from Hanna Marketing Group (330-334-1407, OH).
You’ll want to investigate a variety of RV merchandise from Hershberger Enterprises (620-327-4545, KS). The display will include the Jiffy Seat seat and walking cane combo, as well as galley conveniences such as Rada cutlery, cookbooks, Micro Tops, Chop Chop cutting boards, jet sprayers, and sink strainers.
An assortment of RV accessories will fill the booth occupied by Hilldale Enterprises (513-604-0164, OH). You’ll find Mary Kay cosmetics, as well as crafts, EMS monitors, and products such as OdorCon, Odorid, and Purogene.
Classy, custom Prevost conversions by Hoffman Coach Company (814-723-4550, PA) will be open for your inspection.
Representatives from Holland Motor Homes (616-396-1461, MI), which also has a facility in San Diego (858-874-4444, CA), will be showing FMCAers through Blue Bird Wanderlodge motorhomes.
All the benefits of a van — good fuel economy and ease of driving and parking — are combined with a comfortable “house” to create the Roadtrek type B motorhome. Perhaps that’s why these are the number-one selling type B motorhomes in North America. Visit the Home & Park Motorhomes (519-745-1169, ext. 116, ON, Canada) exhibits and inspect them for yourself.
Bedeck your motorhome’s doorway with a mat that has your favorite college team’s logo after you visit Home Mats Inc. (702-454-0668, NV). Home Mats offers more than 120 licensed college sports designs, as well as a variety of other patterns and colors. Custom designs also are available. These mats are machine-washable and designed to trap dirt, which makes them especially suitable for high-traffic areas such as entryways, near steps, and in the galley.
Hood Tractor & RV Center (800-486-0963, AL) of Decatur, Alabama, will be showcasing new Platinum motorhomes from Coach House Inc., and the Empress, Signature, Commander, and Embassy models from Triple E Recreational Vehicles.
A 45-foot motorhome from Travel Supreme that features four slideouts will be among the new coaches brought to Hutchinson by Howard RV Center (800-852-7148, NC). Other Travel Supreme models, as well as type A coaches from Newmar Corporation, also will be offered.
HWH Corporation (800-321-3494, IA) makes hydraulic leveling and stabilizing systems that have set countless coaches “straight” over the years. They’ll be sharing space with HWH’s slideout room extensions.
The folks from In Motion Satellite Systems Inc. (941-350-3075, FL) will feature TracStar in-motion satellite systems; automatic and domed satellite systems, and related accessories. They’ll offer custom computer stations and desks, made with a variety of desktops to match your coach, including wood, Corian, and laminates. Steering-wheel tabletops and accessories will round out the display.
Allison transmissions, parts, and service are the specialties of Industrial Automatic Transmission Service (800-256-6310, TX). The company also will provide Allison Gold series filters, transmission coolers, Morse and Felsted cables and shifters, Telma brake retarders, and Caterpillar and Fleetguard filters.
Innovative Coach Works (316-794-2831, KS) of Wichita, Kansas, creates custom coach conversions and is an authorized service center for Angola Coach, Marathon Coach, and Vantare by Featherlite. This company can create a conversion on a new MCI shell or on a preowned shell of the buyer’s choice.
Representatives from Integrated Power Systems (574-825-9152, IN) will be ready to talk to you about the company’s IPS fuse systems, LED lightning, Lifeline AGM batteries, IPS plasma screen lifts, and other products.
Antisway bars and shocks are the specialties of ipd Co. Inc. (800-444-6486, OR). Company reps will be on hand to explain the benefits of these products, including how they improve motorhome ride and handling.
Pocket hats, sunglasses, sun visors, and umbrellas will vie for attention in the Island Star Basics (360-961-0281, OR) booth.
J&W Business Systems (602-363-4287, TX) will offer AT&T and Verizon phones, service, and accessories, as well as Pocketmail, Range Star cellular antennas, and wireless Internet access.
Jack Maxton of Scammon, Kansas, will bring the Jack Brake (620-479-6837, KS) to Hutchinson. He’ll also set forth propane injection devices, CB radios, and Rada cutlery.
Motorhomes made by Jayco Inc. (574-825-5861, IN) will be found in the outdoor display area. Look for the Avatar, Granite Ridge, Greyhawk, and Firenza.
J.B. Sales Co. (503-738-7142, OR) will bring cleaning accessories to Hutchinson, such as Absorber chamois, Glosser detail cloths, Meguiars polish-cleaner-wax, and Microfiber towels.
The Slunky RV drain, hose supports, license plate frames, powder waste digester, Awning Saver clamps, and other RV accessories can be found in the booth occupied by J.B.S. Co. (714-879-5250, CA).
Stop by the JJ’s Gold & Gems (405-732-2533, OK) booth for 14-karat gold jewelry, many types of gems, sterling silver pieces, and American Indian jewelry. Hand-decorated hats for ladies and straw hats for men will also be featured, including Tilley Endurable hats and crushable hats for ladies. JJ’s is now the authorized dealer of logo jewelry for Monaco, Safari, Beaver, and Holiday Rambler — so, if you own one of these brands of motorhomes, you’ll especially want to have a look-see.
Joey Bed Inc. (800-522-5639, OR) invites extravaganza-goers to inspect its cargo-rollout drawers, which create convenient, accessible storage in production motorhomes, bus conversions, vans, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Three models are available: single, two-way, and a dual extender model. These drawers feature adjustable widths and load capacities from 500 to 2,000 pounds, depending on the model.
Tune up your motorhome the musical way — fill it with songs you play using a Gem brand keyboard from Johnson Music Center (620-662-0281, KS).
Get your own Kansas RV directory and brochures, as well as information about destination parks, and Kansas wheat products, all at the booth occupied by the Kansas Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (620-549-3446, KS).
The biggest museum in Hutchinson is the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center (800-397-0330, KS). Stop by the museum’s exhibit booth to learn more about the wonders that fill this facility, as well as to check out items that relate to the “space race”: artifacts, apparel, collectibles, planes and models, and space-related toys.
One of Kansas’ top natural resources is the wind. So, it’s only natural that Kansas Winds (620-663-8490, KS) takes advantage of the breeze with fun gadgets that you can use as décor the next time you set up your campsite. These windsocks, windmills, pinwheels, spinning chickens, and spin baskets all will lend cheery color. Kites will be available, too.
Air-ride suspension kits for Ford F-53 chassis motorhomes, 3/4-ton and one-ton trucks, and more will be arrayed by Kelderman Air Ride (800-334-6150, IA).
The official supplier of FMCA coach and towed vehicle plates, chapter officer and national officer plates, mounting bracket kits, FMCA logo key return tags, and FMCA logo hitch receiver covers will be on hand in Hutchinson. Pay a visit to Kiley Mold Company (513-875-3223, OH).
Visit King Controls (952-922-6889, MN) for an explanation of the King Dome satellite finder.
Replace your old galley cookware and enjoy more healthful meal preparation with West Bend stainless-steel kitchen equipment. Kitchen Craft International (352-735-2850, FL) representatives will give gourmet cooking demonstrations using this cookware.
Extravaganza attendees will be able to learn more about an RV resort operated by Koyote Holdings (972-725-3505, TX).
The KVH TracNet Mobile High-Speed Internet System from KVH Industries Inc. (401-847-3327, RI) is said to be the only mobile, high-speed Internet solution available in the United States. Just like the DirecTV satellite system, the mobile DirecPC system provides Internet connections via satellite. This enables users to download Internet data at speeds reaching 400 kilobytes per second — seven times faster than a home dial-up service. The KVH TracNet system enables owners to use a land line (when parked) or a cellular modem or an optional satellite modem when driving. It accommodates up to five laptops or PCs. KVH also will feature its complete line of in-motion and stationary/automatic TracVision satellite TV antennas, which are compatible with DirecTV and Dish Network.
Save your back and make loading easy with a new, lighter-weight “Super Slide II” cargo slide on your coach. This slide has a 600-pound carrying capacity and will be offered by Kwikee Products Company Inc. (541-942-3888, OR). The company also sells a variety of other storage slide assemblies, as well as battery trays and refrigerator trays. While you’re at the booth, take a look at the automatic electric steps, door hardware, and Level Best leveling jacks.
Winnebago motorhomes will be open for tours in Hutchinson by the folks from La Mesa RV (858-874-8000, CA).
Information about Lake Whitney RV Community (254-694-4392, TX), located in Whitney, Texas, will be available at the extravaganza.
Check out the bonanza of motorhomes at the Lazy Days RV SuperCenter (800-626-7800, FL) display. You’ll find names such as American Coach, Beaver, Country Coach, Fleetwood, Holiday Rambler, Monaco, and Safari gathered together and ready for touring.
Protect your motorhome’s steps, batteries, tow bar assemblies, and other accessories with Corrosion Block from Lear Chemical Research (905-564-0018, ON, Canada). The company also offers Corrosion Block Grease for high-pressure applications such as wheel bearings and CV joints.
Representatives from two locations selling Liberty Coach Prevost conversions — Liberty Coach Inc. (847-578-4600, IL) of North Chicago, Illinois, and Liberty Coach of Florida (772-463-2701, FL), of Stuart — will be displaying these luxurious custom coaches.
Semi-permanent cosmetics are the specialty of Lip Ink (800-693-7468, AZ). The company also will have sun visors, bracelets, and night-lights on hand.
Shoppers who like variety will appreciate the lineup from LJK Enterprises (209-403-4235, TX). It includes Pampered Chef cookware; Piranha holding tank products; and The Solution, a waterless RV and car cleaner and polish. Pet products include N-O-Dor pet clean-up kits; N-O-Dor pet shampoo; and Suzie’s Tartar Liquid for dogs and cats, said to help remove tartar from pets’ teeth.
Both useful and fun RV-related items will share space under the Lutzco (941-456-1582, WY) banner. You’ll find Smart coil hoses, Pocketmail e-mail products, Poli Glow, holding tank savers, and fun yard spinners and wind socks.
At the M&G Engineering (903-675-1147, TX) display, be sure to check out the tow bar that makes it possible to back up a motorhome without unhooking the towed vehicle. In addition to car braking systems, the company also markets breakaway systems.
Marathon Coach Inc. (541-343-9991, OR) will offer its custom conversion handiwork in the Prevost display area. Readers may recall that a Marathon coach conversion graced the May 2002 cover of Family Motor Coaching.
Foot-weary extravaganza-goers will want to inspect Gel Ease liquid gel insoles and related foot comfort items, which will be exhibited by Mark Enterprises (239-304-0017, FL).
Handy motor coach accessories will be featured by Mark Of Excellence (541-688-7726, OR). The company invites FMCAers to inspect the new Calap-Z-Table. Outdoor entertainment centers and wooden step stools will round out the display.
Martin Diesel Inc. (419-782-9911, OH) representative Jim Martin will have Martin Diesel generator sets and related accessories available for perusal.
Walk on over to The Matworks Ltd. (770-663-0040, GA) and be floored by the company’s array of products. Featured items in Hutchinson will include the Design-A-Mat, as well as step covers, runners, entry mats, and drivers mats.
Memtech Acoustical (866-455-4047, MI) representatives will offer a product that can help quiet your coach: Noise Killer, a patented spray-on sound and vibration coating. This product is said to remove unwanted noises and vibrations by converting them into low-grade heat.
Robert Wall of Merrill Lynch (316-631-3535, KS) will be on hand to explain the types of financial services offered by this company.
Representatives from Michelin North America (864-458-6721, SC) will be happy to explain the features of Michelin tires designed specifically for RVs, including the XRV.
You’ll be inspired to whip up some new dishes after perusing the Microwave Connection (952-890-9066, MN) exhibit. Cooking expert Janet Sadlack will proffer cookbooks that focus on microwave-convection oven cooking. She’ll also feature dishes, covers, storage containers, and cooking utensils for use in the microwave oven.
Elegant Prevost coach conversions crafted by Millennium Luxury Coach Co. (561-841-5330, FL) might just take your breath away in the Prevost display area.
You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your insurance needs with experts from Miller Insurance Agency (503-636-6347, OR).
Skin care products will be the exhibit offerings of Mink Oil Collection (780-482-1089, AB, Canada). The Rose Marie Collection features Oil of Mink, an odorless, colorless lotion that is said to quickly absorb into the skin, leaving it soft and not greasy.
Company reps from Mobil Satellite Technologies (757-312-8300, VA) will be showing extravaganza attendees how to surf the Web with the new MotoSat Data Storm, a two-way, high-speed Internet system that operates via satellite. Datron and KVH satellite equipment for RVs also will be displayed.
Plan to spend awhile in the Monaco Coach Corporation (800-634-0855, OR) encampment, located in the outdoor display area. This company will bring a contingent of gasoline- and diesel-powered motorhomes from its Monaco, Executive, Holiday Rambler, Safari, and Beaver lines. At Monaco’s indoor exhibit booth, logo clothing and accessories will be available.
Montana RV Registration (888-777-5032, MT) officials will be on hand to answer questions about the legal services they can provide regarding RV registration in the Big Sky State.
MCI coach conversions will be open for touring in the Motor Coach Industries (847-285-2116, IL) exhibit area.
Information about the Motorhome America Club (800-986-5366, CO) will be available in Hutchinson.
FMCAers can take a cyber tour of the MotorHomes USA (888-536-5500, TX) Web site, which offers new and preowned RVs for sale, as well as rentals and other services.
Television satellite systems and Internet satellite systems from MotoSat (801-972-8869, UT) will be offered in Hutchinson.
South Fork, Colorado, is home to the beautiful Mountain Views at RiversEdge RV Resort (719-658-2710, CO). Representatives from this facility will be showing a videotape at the booth that may inspire you to visit soon.
With a Majestic washer-dryer in your coach, you won’t ever need to dig around for quarters again. This machine will be displayed by MSI/Majestic Appliances (503-493-2900, OR).
Southwestern-style jewelry will be featured under the Mystique Accessories (405-826-6478, OK) banner.
National RV Inc. (909-943-6007, CA) will put the spotlight on motorhomes from its Dolphin, Islander, Sea Breeze, and Tradewinds lines.
A line of Techni brand products will fill the New Century Products (540-384-8038, VA) exhibit. These include Techni Ice dry ice replacement, Techni insulated lifetime coolers, and Techni Sleeves hot or cold body packs.
Newell Coach Corporation (918-542-3344, OK), based in Miami, Oklahoma, proclaims that it has achieved “Suite success” with its Phantom Suite motorhomes, which feature the company’s glide-out system. Newell builds its chassis from the ground up, and the glide-out Suite is integrated into the chassis and body during the initial construction process. Learn more by visiting the Newell display space during the convention.
Mountain Aire, Kountry Aire, London Aire, and NewAire motorhomes will join their cousins — the Dutch Star and the Kountry Star — in the Newmar Corporation (800-860-0086, IN) display.
Information about the facilities and events at the North Dakota State Fair (701-857-7620, ND) will be disseminated by fairgrounds representatives in Hutchinson.
Triple the towel space in your coach bathroom by adding a Triple Towel rack. These handy racks will be available from Oletzke/Triple Towel Products (800-448-6935, TN).
Onan Corporation (763-574-5000, MN) designs gasoline, LP-gas, and diesel generators specifically for RV use, ranging from 2,000 to 12,500 watts. The company’s product line will be available for Hutchinson extravaganza-goers’ inspection.
The Original Design Company (970-434-3255, CO) will be marketing three products in Hutchinson. Velcro one-wrap fasteners come in handy for securing or organizing cargo, or for creating additional storage space. The product is sold in rolls. Aim’um is a golf ball marker that allows a golfer to apply a colored arrow on his or her golf ball, which helps in aiming the ball off the tee and on the green, and also making it easy to find in the fairway. Last but not least, True Goo seals holes in flat tires, whether on a bicycle, motorbike, scooter, or motorhome. Stop by the booth to watch a demonstration.
So many good times await you at Outdoor Resorts Of America (615-244-5237, TN) facilities. ORA offers RV resort sites in some of the United States’ most desirable locations — Florida, California, South Carolina, Missouri, and other states. By presenting their membership card, FMCAers will receive a 15 percent discount on daily rental rates at ORA locations.
According to the folks from Overseas Motorhome Tours Inc. (800-322-2127, CA), motorhome travel beats any other mode of touring Europe. It’s simple, fun, economical, and, company reps say, the only way to go. Pick up a brochure and talk with company reps to learn how to enjoy freedom, independence, and security during your overseas RV travels.
Pacbrake’s direct-mount exhaust brakes and engine brakes make every peak and valley safer for you and for your motorhome. These brakes will be displayed by Pacbrake Co. (253-941-8254, WA).
Promotional items to remind you of Paragon Casino Resort (800-946-1946, LA) will attract FMCAers to the booth. “Cut” playing cards, wipes, matches, and pens will be given away, as will vouchers for a free one-night’s stay at the RV park. Paragon is located in Marksville, Louisiana, and also boasts restaurants and a golf course.
Bus conversions made from Prevost XLII shells will be displayed by Parliament Coach Corporation (888-571-5755, FL). Parliament uses 45-foot Prevost shells — including the LXII double-slideout model — to create motor coaches with luxurious living in mind.
Make that plain T-shirt or denim jacket a real treasure with items from Pat’s Iron-On Sparklers/RVing Essentials (760-739-8849, CA). The company’s booth will contain a supply of iron-on metal studs and appliqués, as well as clothing already bedazzled with sparklers and appliqués. White’s metal detectors will attract folks in search of treasure, too.
Paul Evert’s RV Country (559-486-1000, CA) is proud to announce that it now is a dealer for the Safari line of motorhomes, including the Trek, Sahara, Zanzibar, and Cheetah. In addition, Paul Evert’s carries the full line of other motorhomes from Monaco Coach Corporation. Expert sales personnel will be more than glad to escort you through the display.
Stock up on the items you’ll need for your coach’s engine maintenance at the Performance Sales (800-851-5334, FL) booth. You’ll find AFE air filters, K&N air filters, filter cleaners, motor oil, and Dr. Performance kits.
The Pet Trekkers (907-299-1326, AK) will help you take care of your four-legged friends. They’ll have rescue decals that you can put on your coach, so others will know that your pets may be inside. Pet-related accessories at the booth will include SturdiBag pet carriers; poly-fleece beds; eScape pet ID tags; scoopers; Micro-Lights; and Thunder Struck Alaskan catnip.
Phase Four Industries (831-636-9775, CA) will offer Drain Master electric waste valves and Sewer Master evacuation hoses.
You can be zipping around the Hutchinson fairgrounds in an electric scooter after paying a visit to PJ Scooters LLC (941-497-7675, FL).
The new Genesis IV version of the folding boat from Porta-bote International (800-227-8882, CA) will be offered in Hutchinson. This boat has new lightweight molded plastic seats instead of heavier wooden seats. The company is celebrating its 30th anniversary by offering a 20 percent increase in speed in its latest Hi-Performance line of folding boats. Porta-Botes fold for easy hauling and come in 8-foot, 10-foot, and 12-foot models, weighing 49, 59, and 69 pounds, respectively. The hull material is warranted for 10 full years and never needs painting.
Rev up your motorhome’s appliances with the help of a Caterpillar-powered diesel generator from Power Technology Southeast (352-365-2777, FL).
Brighter headlights on your motorhome can improve your view — and your safety. Representatives from Precise Satellite & RV Electronics (352-726-8471, FL) will offer Sylvania high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, which can provide much more brightness than standard headlights while using less energy. Elsewhere in the display, you’ll find TDT motorized water and electric reels; cellular performance products; and RV satellite systems.
Replace those worn rugs or create a new look in your coach with the help of Prest-O-Fit (888-770-5849, AZ). Company reps will offer three-piece indoor rug sets — a kitchen mat, a bathroom mat, and a hall runner — in a choice of six colors. Wraparound step rugs for your motorhome’s entry and patio rugs for relaxing outdoors also will be available. Prest-O-Fit also supplies a variety of sewer-related products, such as the QuickConnect and Ultimate sewer kits, termination adapter kits, and fittings to make sewer hookups easy.
Prevost Car Inc. (418-883-3391, PQ, Canada) invites FMCAers to inspect its coach conversion shells in the outdoor exhibit area.
Arthritis sufferers may want to try Pro 10/Unkers Medicated Salve at the Pro 10 Originals (888-530-7613, WY) booth. This formula, which has been used by arthritis sufferers for more than 20 years, is said to be guaranteed to help relieve pain with its all-natural, essential oils. Pro 10 Originals also will be offering its own lip balm, which uses the same essential oils as the pain relief ointment.
The products from Protect All Inc. (714-635-4491, CA) are made to keep your motorhome’s exterior looking great and staying that way. Protect All Quick & Easy Wash, rubber roof products, fiberglass oxidation remover, and cleaners all aid in this goal. Fuel additives will round out the display.
Have fun making music with your own Suzuki QChord electronic guitar or Strum stick guitar from QChord Music Mania/Actron Inc. (660-832-4498, MO).
If you’re interested in having fresher-tasting water aboard the coach, you’ll want to talk to the folks from Quality Water Systems (800-577-1326, KS), authorized distributors for Pure Water portable and semi-portable drinking water distillation units and accessories.
Hutchinson proprietor R. Westphal Jewelers (620-669-8109, KS) will fill an exhibit booth with gleaming gold and silver pieces adorned with diamonds and gemstones. Watches and watch repair, including watch batteries, also will be offered.
You’ll be ready for the road with a Prevost conversion from Ramblin’ Fever Coach Conversions (608-758-0886, WI).
Exterior rearview motorhome mirrors with new, larger 18-inch heads will be among the items arrayed by Ramco Engineering Inc. (800-321-4819, IN). The company also will display new mirrors made for type C motorhomes in a variety of forms: remote-controlled, heated and remote-controlled, and manual. Ramco’s mirrors are available in different finishes and sizes to match many types of motorhomes and bus conversions.
Recreation Vehicle Products/Suburban Manufacturing (316-832-3400, KS), based in Wichita, will offer a variety of RV appliances at the FMCA gathering. Check out the new model RV air conditioners, ranges, furnaces, and water heaters that will be found in the company’s display.
Cookbooks geared toward RVers; plastic mats in new geometric patterns and colors; a new exfoliating hand lotion; cubic zirconia jewelry; and designer sunglasses will be on display at Redstreet Enterprise (800-649-5157, ext. 00, FL) — also called “Buford and Eunice’s General Store.”
Visit the folks from Remco Mfg. (402-339-3398, NE) to learn how the Lube Pump or Axle-Lock can fit into your towing plans. Drive-shaft couplings and hub locks and disconnects will be featured, too. Be sure to ask about the Remco Braking System, which allows motorhomers to apply the towed vehicle’s brakes from the motorhome.
Ladies will want to browse among the iron-on appliqués, iron-on studs, and pre-made designer shirts at the Renee’s Appliques (321-266-8353, FL) booth. Plain tailored shirts and T-shirts that you can use as a basis for a personally designed look also will be available.
Imagine a motorhome slideout that is 25 inches deep and enlarges a room that already has a 7-foot ceiling, and you’ll have an idea what the Super Slide from Rexhall Industries Inc. (800-929-5280, CA) looks like. Two of these extra-large slideouts are available on 35-foot Aerbus and RexAir motorhomes built on the Workhorse W-series chassis. The RexAir is available on a diesel chassis, too, and the Aerbus has so many options, buyers can customize one for themselves. Rexhall also makes the RoseAir, a motorhome that now features hardwood cabinets and optional full body paint. The American Clipper and the Vision are available on value-priced diesel- or gas-powered chassis and in lengths ranging from 26 to 36 feet.
The Howard Power Center Steering System, which helps to make your motorhome steering easier to handle, will be offered by River City Products Inc. (800-879-4277, TX). The system is said to reduce driver fatigue, help the driver control the vehicle in the event of a tire blowout, and assist in controlling road wander. The company is dedicated to the idea that RVs should be directionally stable and enjoyable to drive.
Hurricane brand diesel hydronic heating systems and components will appear in Hutchinson courtesy of Rixen’s Enterprises Inc. (800-925-6260, OR). Come check out the company’s new heat management system.
What’s new in the world of towing equipment? Find out by visiting the Roadmaster Inc. (800-669-9690, OR) booth. The Falcon 2, just introduced by the company this past July, has all of the features of the original Falcon, such as the Autowlok system, which allows independent adjustment; stainless-steel arms with internal safety collars; a storage rod for a coiled electrical cable; and a powder coat finish. The Falcon 2’s motorhome mount allows a 6-inch out-of-level travel buffer, and a new storage latch enables the tow bar to be stored on either side of the hitch receiver. It is rated at 6,000 pounds. If you’re towing a heftier vehicle, consider the new 8,000-pound-rated Blackhawk tow bar. It has built-in channel guides for safety cables and an automatic locking system, too. Last, but not least, check out the Stowaway storage system. It enables you to store your towing equipment securely on the back of your motorhome while you’re in camp. It slides under the ball mount or tow bar and provides a simple way to store a Guardian rock shield; a Stowmaster tow bar; or the quick-disconnect bases for Blackhawk, Falcon, or Sterling tow bars.
High-tech items such as laptop computers, GPS systems, and cellular modems will be part of the RoadVac (704-904-2869, OH) display. Motorhomers will also want to see the RoadVac built-in vacuum cleaner systems.
Mike and Terri Church are frequent RV travelers to Alaska, Mexico, Europe, and other locations. They publish helpful guidebooks to travel in these areas, and will be offering them to FMCA members at the extravaganza under the name of Rolling Homes Press (206-890-2603, WA).
What is an Ear Pocket? Find out when you stop by the Roy’s Deals (661-949-7760, CA) booth. Roy also will have Hughes Autoformer and Always Fresh products, as well as illuminated emergency road triangles, message centers, walking sticks, and RV electrical accessories.
Royale Coach by Monaco (219-262-9278, IN) will offer lovely Prevost conversions in the outdoor display area.
Provide your electrical appliances with ESP protection from R.T. Enterprises (818-292-1268, SD). Eclipse sunshades, EZ RV gutters, and other RV-related products also will be on hand.
The Traeger RV barbecue grill will be offered by RV & Marine BBQ Systems (503-784-4588, OR). This is said to be the ultimate grilling device for RVers, with dimensions of 20 inches by 16 inches by 12 inches. It runs on only 40 watts of power and permits users to control the temperature up to 450 degrees. Add wood pellets to the system to produce great smoky flavors — mesquite, hickory, oak, maple, and cherry.
RV Alliance America (800-521-2942, WA) will be offering insurance quotes that include the FMCA member discount. RVAA insurance specialists will be on hand to provide consultations, with instant coverage available on-site. In addition, RVAA will sponsor the extravaganza’s ice cream social, co-sponsor the RV Safe Driving Course, and co-sponsor the Fire & Life Safety seminars with a special $5 fire extinguisher offer. Be sure to visit the RVAA Safety Theater, too.
RV financing from RV Credit Direct (860-434-4242, CT) will be available in Hutchinson.
The RV Safety Education Foundation (RVSEF) (321-258-3397, FL) — formerly A’Weigh We Go — will offer RV weight and tire safety information as well as a motorhome weighing service, so FMCA members can be sure that their homes on wheels are within weight specifications. Be sure to check out RVSEF’s popular seminar, too.
Tom Neumann and Bill Adams of RV Satellite Sales & Service (321-431-2276, MO) will answer questions about RV satellite systems. Satellite antennas for RVs, such as those made by Winegard, King Dome, TracStar, and MotoSat, will be on hand, as will MotoSat’s DataStorm two-way Internet satellite system. The DataStorm antenna enables RVers to access the Internet via satellite, and is said to be the only affordable mobile two-way satellite Internet antenna on the market.
Water filters, water softeners, hoses, magnet water conditioners, and water pumps are on the list of items that you’ll find from The RV Water Filter Store (602-625-1875, OR).
RVA jacks will fill the booth occupied by the RVA Company (760-746-5732, CA).
Is your motorhome ready for some enhancements? Consider products such as Safe-T-Plus steering control, Bilstein shocks, ipd sway bars, Super Steer bell cranks, Davis TruTrac systems, and BX-100 brake systems from Safe-T-Plus/United Safety Apparatus Inc. (770-322-8727, GA).
Domed satellite antennas from King Dome, KVH, TracStar, and MotoSat, plus Internet cellular communication satellites will be offered by Satellites In Motion (303-883-2271, CO).
Forest River motorhomes will be offered in Hutchinson by Shekinah Sales (731-986-8133, TN).
Show-Me Products (409-948-4457, TX) will have a “steel” of a deal: a 15-piece nesting cookware set that can be stored in only 10 inches by 10 inches by 8 inches of space. It’s made from 18/10 stainless steel and sells for $199.95. A pressure cooker/fryer also will be available; the unit offers several safety features, and is now available with two different-sized bases for versatility.
The Shurflo Pump Company (800-462-8094, IN) will provide Shurflo water pumps and related products.
SilverLeaf Electronics (541-967-8111, OR) invites convention-goers to inspect the Road Watch infrared road temperature sensor; VMS weather station; VMS power management system, featuring generator monitoring and automatic generator start; and VMS-HWH hydraulic system controls. In addition, updated versions of the VMS 120, VMS 200, VMS 320, and VMS 600 include support for more engines and transmissions, plus metric readouts and new configuration options.
Finish your motorhome fix-it project right with RV glue and handy gloves from Sinbad Glue Inc. (941-721-4785, FL).
If you desire more restful sleep in your coach, you’ll want to inspect the Tempur-pedic mattresses and related items that Sleep City USA (406-542-2222, MT) will display in Hutchinson.
The SMI Tow Brake will be among the items displayed by SMI & Sunbusters (512-756-7617, TX). Bug B Gone and Sunbusters sun screens also will be found in the display.
Jim Turner of SMI Tow Brakes/Pressure Pro (541-915-8263, OR) will exhibit several products designed to enhance motorhome safety. Those who tow a vehicle behind their motorhome, or plan to, will be interested in the SMI Tow Brake. This device is controlled from the motorhome’s dash. The Pressure Pro tire monitoring system monitors air pressure and tire temperature as the motorhome travels down the road. Slip Grip RV step covers add rigidity and extra stability to exterior steps while trapping dirt before it enters the coach. Several flare replacement items also will be displayed.
Discover the comfort and support afforded by the Comfortaire brand air sleep system, which will be featured by Southern Belle Mattress Sales (386-734-1268, FL). Pillows will be available, too.
The Southern RV Products Inc. (850-494-0203, FL) booth will be brimming with items geared for folks who tow a car behind their motorhome. Examples include the Dinghy Gard, a shield for towed cars, and the Splash Gard rear motorhome skirt. Strap mats for motorhome entry steps also will be on display.
Spartan Motors Inc. (517-543-6400, MI) will exhibit its K2 and Mountain Master chassis in Hutchinson. If you own a coach built on a Spartan chassis and need minor repairs, ask about the company’s service support van. Spartan Motors will also offer chassis maintenance parts, such as belts and filters, at discounted prices.
Battenberg lace tops, no-tie scarves, denim blazers, dusters and vests, broom skirts, and much more will be available at Spinwear Special-T’s (406-788-6998, MT).
Protect your motorhome with products from Star Shield Armor (323-257-4339, CA). The 3M Clear Bra is made for all models of motorhomes, and is precut to fit. Also on hand will be clear headlight and fog light covers, which help protect lights from rock damage.
If there are youngsters in your life, be sure to stop by the booth occupied by Story Time Toys (214-821-7627, TX). You’ll find cloth books, charts, story hats, educational toys, and three-in-one Topsy Turvy story dolls.
Summit Products Inc. (515-252-0435, IA) will offer protection for your motorhome’s exterior: hinged Body Block armor.
Ladies will take a shine to the line-up of items from Sunshine RV Services (321-269-4598, FL). These will include Key West aloe, aloe skin care and sun care products, cosmetics, and fragrances.
While you’re in the outdoor motorhome display area, be sure to inspect the Prevost conversions from Superbus 1 Ltd. (573-754-5600, MO).
Embellished women’s clothing from Taylor Made (760-782-3277, CA) will attract admirers.
If you’re ready to bring your coach’s galley into the 21st century, consider a GE Advantium 120 Speedcook oven. These appliances, and microwave-convection ovens, will be brought to the extravaganza by TCL Sales and Distribution Inc. (909-279-8054, CA).
T.H.C. Import Group Inc. (727-939-8258, FL) will be bringing the Fish Rigg, the Cell Phone Holster, and the Cap-Lite to the extravaganza, as well as plastic tablecloths.
RV toilets and related products, as well as refrigerator-freezers, are the specialties of Thetford/Norcold Corporation (734-769-6000, MI).
The Thompson Coach Company (865-237-4270, TN) will offer Prevost bus conversions.
Stroll through the display of Tiffin Motor Homes (785-445-3636, KS) and you’ll discover how your dream of owning a new Allegro, Allegro Bay, Allegro Bus, Phaeton, or Zephyr motorhome can become a reality.
Beautiful Colorado mountain scenes await you when you stay at Tiger Run Resort (970-453-9690, CO). Company representatives will be in Hutchinson with more information.
One of the Midwest’s largest RV dealers is located in Richmond, Indiana: Tom Raper Inc. (800-727-3778, IN). Dealership representatives will be in Hutchinson to hand out hats and RV product brochures.
The Canadian province of Saskatchewan is full of great travel attractions. Learn all about it by visiting with representatives of Tourism Saskatchewan (306-787-2219, SK, Canada). They’ll provide travel literature and information about RV group travel, border crossing issues, customized travel plans, and more.
Interested in engaging in some tire talk? Folks from Toyo Tire USA (800-678-3250, CA) will be glad to oblige. The company offers tires for RVs, light trucks, and passenger cars.
TracStar satellite systems and Internet products will be available from TracStar Systems Inc. (407-650-9054, FL).
A full complement of GPS, computer, and cell-phone-related items will be offered by Travel Buddies Enterprises (602-524-4122, CA). New to the scene are the Garmin brand StreetPilot III GPS systems and the Garmin Rino GPS/two-way radios. A full line of related accessories and mapping software also will be available. Look, too, for ProStar notebook computers; cellular modems and antennas; Motorola two-way radios; and RV sink strainers.
Motorhomes with the brand name of Travel Supreme Inc. (800-626-0563, IN) will be ready for touring in Hutchinson.
Visit Travelin’ Sales (919-349-5040, NC) to check out the EMS (electrical management system). This device, which is now able to display amps and cycles, provides protection from electrical surges and improper wiring. The company also markets six sizes of RV patio mats, as well as custom-made drinking water hoses. Miscellaneous RV supplies will round out the display.
Transport that special cargo properly with a trailer attached to your motorhome. That’s the idea behind Triton Power Lifts (805-988-8871, CA). These devices can tow your car and watercraft together.
Braking equipment will be available from U.S. Gear Corporation (773-375-4900, IL).
Improve your enjoyment of the RV lifestyle with Little Giant and Little Jumbo ladders, and telescoping flagpoles (flags and banners, too) from Uncommon USA Inc. (630-268-9672, IL).
Ladies’ designer and embellished shirts and accessories will be brought to the extravaganza by Universal Fashion Accessories (352-347-3967, FL).
The number-one selling type B motorhome is the Roadtrek, made by Home & Park Motorhomes. Folks from Van City RV (314-894-3905, MO) will be glad to show you through some of these units.
FMCA members who are familiar with the Aqua-Hot heating system know of its ability to provide continuous domestic hot water and interior heat at the same time. Vehicle Systems Inc. (800-685-4298, CO), manufacturer of the Aqua-Hot, also offers a compact hydronic (hot water) heating system called Hydro-Hot, which is designed for the mid-level type A diesel motorhomes. Both the Aqua-Hot and the Hydro-Hot are available as original equipment, or can be retrofitted.
You’re sure to get a great reflection from exterior rearview mirrors exhibited by Velvac Inc. (262-786-0700, WI).
Does your RV furniture need to be replaced? Stop by the booth occupied by Villa International (714-535-7272, CA) to examine the wares.
Consider owning a lot of your own in an exclusive new luxury RV resort called The Vineyards (800-630-0611, CA). This motor coach country club is being developed in Coachella, California, and will include a nine-hole regulation golf course and more than 500 motorhome sites.
VIP Insurance (805-667-4455, CA) for your motorhome will be offered at the Motor “Home On The Range” extravaganza.
Power-minded folks will want to inspect the electrical parts and accessories from Water and Power Outfitters (661-714-6002, TX). On hand will be Hughes Autoformers, Progressive Industries surge protectors, cables, voltmeters, adapters, plugs, and fans. The “water” portion of the company’s name refers to the many water filters, canisters, custom hoses, brass fittings, pumps, and regulators that it also supplies.
The Water Packer (661-305-8755, SD) sells water softening systems that fit right in your motorhome. The company’s Travelsoft water softeners are available with manual or semi-automatic regeneration; a conversion kit that switches the manual regeneration system to semi-automatic operation is also available. O-So Pure water purification systems, which use reverse-osmosis technology and ultraviolet rays are offered, too. Examine these products at The Water Packer’s booth, along with Dupree brand Flex Hoses and Treatzall holding tank treatment and deodorant.
Cooking supplies, health and beauty aids, laundry and cleaning supplies, and aromatherapy products will join Watkins spices at the Watkins Associates (620-665-8548, KS) booth.
Damon motorhomes will be displayed by Western Motorcoach (425-774-1414, WA).
Westland Sales (800-356-0766, OR) carries the complete line of Splendide and Comb-O-Matic Laundry Centers, compact combination washer-dryers for use in RVs. All models are UL-listed; use 115-volt, 15-amp circuitry; and are available with either vented or non-vented drying systems. A CEE/Energy Star-listed product is available in this line.
Convert that motorhome steering wheel into a handy, decorative table when you’re parked: get a Wheeltopper (772-285-0296, FL). Tablecloths made of polyester and machine-washable vinyl to fit your new Wheeltopper table are also available. These products will appear in Hutchinson along with Awning Savers, the awning lock that secures the roller tube to the awning arm; cell phone holsters; and small table lamps.
The folks from Windish RV Center (800-748-3778, CO) will show you through a contingent of Damon motorhomes.
Winnebago Industries (641-585-3535, IA) will offer FMCA members the chance to tour a new line of 21-foot type Cs, the Winnebago Vista and Itasca Sunstar. Type A Winnebago Sightseers and Itasca Sunovas also have made their debut. Winnebago Chieftains and Itasca Sunflyers have been completely redesigned, are built on Workhorse chassis, and offer many luxurious amenities. New floor plans can be found in the Ultimate Advantage, Winnebago Adventurer and Journey DL, and the Itsaca Suncruiser and Horizon. The Rest Easy Multi-Position Lounge is available in most Winnebago, Itasca, and Ultimate models, and the company’s new RV Radio is featured in most models. This radio includes a cassette player and CD player, plus an AM-FM band and a weather radio band. A new DigiSync dual-arm slideout system from Kwikee digitally synchronizes both slideout arms as they extend and retract to square up the slideout room. A new combination dining table/computer desk is available on the Winnebago Journey DL, Itasca Horizon, Ultimate Advantage, and Ultimate Freedom models.
You’ll have more fun with your morning coffee or hot cocoa when you drink it from a Wondermugs (717-816-1041, PA) cup. Scenes and colors change on these mugs as hot liquid is added.
The W Series chassis from Workhorse Custom Chassis (586-530-7892, MI) will be available for extravaganza-goers’ inspection. It features an 8,500-pound gross axle weight rating (GAWR) for the front axle and boasts a GM Vortec 8.1-liter gasoline engine coupled with an Allison 1000 Series automatic transmission. Other features include aluminum wheels, an 18-inch leather-wrapped steering wheel, and adjustable gas and brake pedals.
Dream of yet more travel each night as you sleep on World Traveler Sheets (402-862-2527, NE). Custom RV sheets are the company’s specialty.
The Platinum line of Kubota-powered diesel generators from Wrico International (541-744-4333, OR) are designed and built for motorhome use. The generator is said to be compact, quiet, and economical to operate. Trace and Heart inverters also will be featured, along with a complete line of coach electrical accessories, including battery chargers, automatic changeover switches, and generator auto-start systems. The company now offers Webasto diesel-fired heating systems as well.
Xantrex Technology Inc. (800-446-6180, WA) will bring high-powered inverter chargers to the Hutchinson extravaganza. The Freedom 458 (1,000- to 3,000-watt models) and RV Series (2,000-, 2,500-, and 3,000-watt models) offer modified sine wave AC power with high-surge capability and a three-stage, built-in battery charger. The Prosine (2,000-, 2,500-, and 3,000-watt models) and SW Series (2,500- and 4,000-watt models) have integrated systems with a true sine wave AC power inverter and a quality multistage battery charger.
Prevost bus shells are only the beginning — a complete coach conversion is the happy ending. To make it happen, visit with folks from XTC Conversions (574-262-5088, IN) in the Prevost display.
Enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors with the help of an awning and folding chairs to match from Zip Dee Inc. (847-437-0980, IL).